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Womb Chair Mystique

Posted by Noah On July 24th

What is more comfortable than a Womb Chair? Cradling you in a curved cloud of support, all stress and daily inconveniences melt away. The Womb Chair was designed by Eero Saarinen, while working for Knoll & Associates, when Florence Knoll placed a request for a chair that she could sink down into and enjoy a good book. In 1948, Saarinen completed Knoll’s request which she later dubbed “the curling chair”.

Conflicting stories about the origin of the name Womb Chair have been widely documented. Eero Saarinen stated that “its unofficial name is the Womb Chair because it was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb.” However, many people believe that this statement was made in jest. Christina Blake Oliver of interior design firm Oliver Interiors shared another possible origin with sZinteriors. Oliver says that her mother and father were close friend’s of the Saarinen’s. When her mother was enormously pregnant, she happened to be sitting in an early design of the chair when Saarinen was struck by the unlikely name Womb Chair. Despite the mystery shrouding the name, we can all agree that it certainly reflects many of the distinct characteristics of such a comfortable chair.

The distinct shape of the Womb Chair is the harvest of Saarinen’s numerous experiments using round pod-like seats in furniture design. One of his main goals of the design was to allow people to relax in several distinctive, yet comfortable positions. The Womb Chair exceeded all expectations for a comfortable chair and resulted in a modern chair perfectly suited for the increasingly relaxed modern society.

For more information on a top quality reproduction of this one-of-a-kind modern iconic chair, including available colors and pricing, please click here.

Eero Saarinen in his iconic design.

Eero Saarinen in his iconic design.




#4 – Eero Saarinen: Curling Up in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On August 31st

Saarinen Womb Chair in Gropius House, Lincoln, Massachusettes

Have you ever wanted a chair you felt you could just “curl up in”? Florence Knoll Bassett, of Knoll® Associates, made this precise request to Eero Saarinen in 1948, leading him to design the “Womb Chair” and Ottoman. This, among other designs by Saarinen, became somewhat of a…

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Modern Architecture & Design

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On November 15th

Partners Cara Cummins and Jose Tavel of TaC Studios

As a lover of all things “design” related, we are definitely Trade Magazine junkies! And I have to say that we were not disappointed by the December issue of Metropolitan Home.
We came across this amazing home built by the home owners themselves, Jose Tavel and Cara Cummins of TaC Studios. TaC Studios, is a full service architectural firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Jose and shared with him how much we enjoyed this article and what he and his wife Cara had created. We are thrilled to share these photos as this blend of Modern Architecture and eclectic design is the way we like to decorate homes but this Atlanta home is a level up!
What initially attracted us to this home was the way the interiors were designed. And then seeing that they built and designed the home with many materials that were recycled and or locally procured, keeping it green- because every little bit helps! Made us admire this home more.
We love this homes mix of modern furniture and eclectic furnishings and accessories. Like the womb chair & ottoman with African stools and custom media cabinet built by Tavel. The beautiful canvas was done by his wife Cara. WOW, this couple is not short on talent! Right off the dining room is a Le Corbusier chaise and Eileen Gray table under a wall of custom designed floating shelves with a collection of American Folk art. This home breaks the myth that Modern design is cold and industrial with the rich warm tones on the floor to the colors and textures that the decorative items provide. Very well done!!
This 3 story, 3 bedroom home with a roof deck has it all. It functions as the couple’s home office for TaC Studio on the first floor, while the 2nd level has the living room, kitchen and dining room and has an open loft feel with so much light from the huge windows. The bedrooms are on the 3rd floor.
Arco Floor Lamp, Modern Sectional and Bar Stools

Arco Floor Lamp, Modern Sectional and Bar Stools

We love the deck. The back yard has a rear water fountain and gravel ground cover with bamboo and other lush plantings. We just want to move in!

The Womb Chair Reproduction: It's Back

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On November 7th
Our favorite lounge

Our favorite lounge

After a little hiatus, our famous Womb Chair reproduction is back! Not only is it back, it’s back better than ever. We have refined the Womb Chair reproduction in many ways:

– Increased thickness of the melton wool fabric (provides texture similar to original Knoll boucle’)

– Added microfiber and leather options versus wool only. The leather and microfiber options are currently special order, but we can do it. Contact us at 877-PGMOD-07 if you have question.

– Added strength of fiberglass shell. We’ve also increased the weight capacity of the chair, making it even stronger for commercial or residential usage.

Even with all the changes, we’re still offering the Womb Chair Reproduction + Ottoman at the same low price of $1,395 for wool and microfiber, and leather is slightly higher at $1,795 for standard leather, and additional for semi and full aniline leather options.

We got an immense amount of response when we removed the Womb Chair late last year. Every week, we were flooded with calls, “I’ve heard great things about your Womb Chair, I don’t see it on the site”, etc. We told you guys we’d bring it back, and it’s here to stay now.

We’re here for you. If you have any questions, give us a buzz at 877-PGMOD-07 and we’ll help you out.